Columbia firefighter laid to rest Thursday with national honors

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COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – People gathered in Columbia, Missouri, Thursday morning to remember a fallen firefighter. Lt. Bruce Britt was killed when a walkway collapsed on him Saturday.

Fire departments from across Missouri helped with the procession as dozens of fire trucks traveled from the funeral home to the church.

People lined the streets of Columbia to pay tribute to the firefighter.

“I am retired Navy, and it really is a familyand I support him,” Susan Finlay said.

Lt. Britt was killed while he was responding to a structural collapse at an apartment complex on the University of Missouri campus Saturday.

He helped people escape the building, but before he could get out, a walkway collapsed on him.

No one else was hurt.

The Honor Flag was brought to Columbia to recognize Lt. Britt’s bravery. The Honor Flag has traveled around the county to honor fallen firefighters since 9/11.

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